Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

At Waterloo Primary, we deliver Jigsaw as a whole school approach to teaching PSHE, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.


In Autumn 1 our whole school theme is ‘Being Me in My World’.  During this unit of work Year 4 pupils will explain why being listened to and listening to others is important in our school community.  The children will be able to explain why being democratic is important and how it can help them and others feel valued. They will develop their team work skills, considering the roles of everybody within the school community.  Children to problem solve and offer different solutions to help their team/class/school to be more democratic.  


In Autumn 2 our whole school theme is 'Celebrating Differences'. Children will be encouraged to appreciate their own and others' unique qualities, identifying a time when their first impression of someone changed as they got to know them.  Children will consider different forms of bullying, explaining why bullying might be difficult to stop.  They will discuss how to be an 'up-stander' when they witness bullying incidents.  They will explain why it is good to accept others and themselves for who we are.   


Children will be sharing, 'The Angel of Nitshill Road,' by Anne Fine. Through this text, they will explore the theme of bullying. They will analyse Anne's Fine's use of vocabulary, grammatical structures and techniques to describe characters and settings. 


Through the story of Pompeii, children explore techniques for building tension. This text will support their understanding of Ancient Rome and volcanoes (which they study in history and geography lessons). 


During school's 'International Week', Year 4 will study Italy. They will read a range of non-chronological reports, analysing features and structures used by different author's. 


Following our mastery approach to comprehension, children will study a weekly text. Each day the children will focus on a particular element: purpose structure and organisation, vocabulary, retrieval or inference. The texts selected, often provide children with opportunities to embed and deepen their learning from the wider curriculum. 


In addition to this, children will vote for their preferred class novel, this will provide children with the opportunity to relax and enjoy being read to. 


Our expectation is that children read at home every day. Please ensure reading record are signed and in school daily. For additional support with reading at home, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


Writing (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

Using ‘Angel of Nitshill Road’ as stimulus, children will plan, write and edit their own diary entries in role as a character from the text. Children will learn how to use expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials will be encouraged to include these in their writing. 

Following our tour of Roman Chester, children will plan, write and edit their own recounts. Children will learn to use a variety of different sentence openers, including time adverbials and will be expected to apply these to their writing. 

Using the story of Pompeii as a stimulus, children will plan, write and edit their own stories. Children will learn how to use and punctuate speech and will be encouraged to demonstrate this in their stories. 

During International Week, children will plan, write and edit their own non-chronological reports about Italy. Our expectation is that they will apply the layout and structures they have experienced and discussed through their reading. 

During 'Anti-Bullying Week', children will be reading 'Willy the Wimp' and writing alternative endings to the story. They will be encouraged to consider how best to resolve the bullying issues that occur in the story. 


Throughout lessons, children are supported and encourage to reread and improve their own work by accessing texts, dictionaries, thesaurus, handwriting strips and word banks. Our expectation is that children independently proof read for spellings, full stops, capital letters, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks. 

Handwriting will be taught regularly and children will be supported to develop a neat cursive style. 

Daily spelling lessons will incorporate a variety of strategies for learning letter strings, spelling rules and words. Please support your child to learn the spellings we send home each week. For more information about spellings and handwriting, please visit our, 'Helping at Home', page. 



Following our mastery approach, children explore mathematical concepts using concrete materials, moving to visuals and then to abstract calculations. Children will revisit and build on their understanding of place value, addition and subtraction, area and perimeter and multiplication and division. 


Knowledge of multiplication and division facts is a focus for us throughout the school year. Please support your child with their weekly times tables homework, developing their instant recall. 


For more information about the calculation strategies we use, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


Linking in with our history lessons, children will be studying Roman art and will be designing and creating their own Roman inspired mosaics. 
We will then explore the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Children will look at and evaluate a variety of his work and will create their own piece, in a similar style. 


Throughout our curriculum, children are encouraged to make safe use of technology to research and present. During school's Anti-Bullying Week, we will be revisiting E Safety, particularly appropriate use of social media. Children will use a combination of software to create multimedia content linked to Roman Banquet. When researching, children will develop an understanding of how Boolean operators can refine a search. They will learn that pictures and information are under copyright.

For more information about keeping your child when using technology, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


Design & Technology

Our focus this term will be food technology. Children will learn about different food groups and about good food hygiene. 

Children will research Roman banquets and will consider the differences in tastes to Italian foods today. Children will plan and prepare their own Italian banquet (pasta, pizza, garlic bread, zuppa inglese). They will develop their slicing, chopping and spreading techniques. Children will review their work and consider improvements they could make in the future. 

To make a lovely Italian dessert at home, visit our 'Help at Home' page and follow our recipe. 


Geography is not taught during the autumn term. We do however, celebrate International Week, when we will study Italian culture. 


Through a study of Roman Britain, children will gain an understanding of why and how the Romans invaded, where and why they settled, trade, governance and the legacy of Roman Empire in Britain today. 

Knowledge and understanding will be developed through research using non-fiction texts, Internet and a visit to the Grosvenor Museum and amphitheatre in Chester. Children will explore artefacts and will develop their understanding of how historians find out about the past. 

To research more about the Romans, follow the links on our 'Help at Home' page. 



Physical Education 

 Children will have weekly swimming lessons, where they will develop their confidence in water and work towards swimming a distance of at least 25m. Children will use a range of strokes when swimming and will be taught self-rescue solutions in water.
During outdoor PE lessons, children will be developing their football and rugby skills. They will have the opportunity to apply basic attacking and defending principles during competitive games.

Religious Education 

Children will revisit and build on there knowledge and understanding of Hinduism from Year 3. They will recap the Hindu belief that one god can appear in different form and will learn about the story of Lakshmi and Krishna. They will learn about different Hindu symbols. 

Through their study of Christianity, children will revisit key events in the Christian calendar, including advent and Christmas. They will learn about the gospels and different accounts of the Christmas story. 

We hope to see you at our school carol service at St Faith's Church, where children will retell the Christmas story through traditional carols. 


During our study of electricity, children will learn about dangers and how to keep themselves others safe. Children will identify common appliances that run on electricity, at home, in school and in the community. They will 

construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers. through exploration, they will identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery. They will plan and carry out experiments to determine which materials are conductors and which are insulators. 

During our study of sound, children will identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating. Through investigation, they will develop an understanding of pitch and volume. 



Children will revisit and build on their learning of numbers to thirty from Year 3. They will learn numbers to sixty and will apply this to birthdays, times, dates, months of the year. They will develop their understanding of grammar when speaking, listening and writing. They will follow and respond to simple instructions in Spanish. 

Cultural Capital 

As a school, we have planned cultural capital experiences which supplement our curriculum. This term, we will: 

  • Visit a new city 
  • Record sounds for others to guess what they are 
  • Create a mosaic 
  • Take part in a Roman banquet and eat something you've not tried before


Reading: Children are expected to read at home daily. Reading records should be signed and returned to school each day.


Spelling: Children have weekly spellings which they will be tested on the following Friday. Children should be practising spellings at home using the 'No Nonsense Spelling' strategies used in school. 


Multiplication and division: Children are expected to practise times tables daily at home. Children should be using TT Rockstars, where weekly homework is set. Children should spend a minimum of 15 minutes each week practising times tables. 


English: Children will be given writing opportunities that will cover grammar, descriptive writing and handwriting skills.


Maths: Maths homework will extend learning of areas covered in lessons, reinforcing knowledge and allowing children the opportunity to recall strategies learnt in class. 


For additional information and resources for supporting your child at home, please visit our, 'Help at Home' page. 

Optional Homework Projects 

  • Create a Roman piece of work, inspired by our history lessons and Chester trip (mosaic/shield/sword). 
  • Make and play your own musical instrument. You could do this using recycling materials/elastic bands/bottles. 
  • Produce an E-Safety poster, information leaflet or PowerPoint. 


Completed projects will be rewarded with merits and work will be valued and shared in class. 


  • Children will have weekly swimming lessons at Crosby Leisure Centre. 
  • We will visit the Grosvenor Museum and have a Roman tour of the City of Chester. 
  • We will participate in a variety of learning opportunities during Anti-Bullying Week. 
  • We will study Italy during International Week. 
  • We will welcome any donations for our Harvest Festival (all donations will go to supporting local food banks) 
  • We would love you to attend our annual carol service at St Faith's Church. 
  • We will be craft making for our annual Christmas Fayre.